The US hold on food and medical aid at the Venezuelan border in exchange for specific demands is deeply problematic and part of a larger issue. Globally, aid has also been compromised in Syria and Yemen.   The Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health’s Paul Spiegel…

Amid medicine shortages and a mass exodus of trained medical staff, the crisis in Venezuela has seen a re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles and diphtheria that also affect Venezuela’s neighbors.   Eliminated from the Americas in 1971, the…

Over 24 million people in Yemen now require humanitarian assistance, amid a crisis that the UN has called “catastrophic”—and virtually zero funds are allocated for treating HIV and AIDS.   The conditions already carry a heavy stigma in the country, with most HIV-positive…

Amid relentless conflict that has left Yemen on the brink of famine, food and aid intended for the neediest people have been stolen or lost in logistical disarray. An AP investigation found that all sides of the conflict have blocked food aid from “going to groups suspected…

In a new report, the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health offers 20 top recommendations for getting ahead of future outbreaks in Yemen and similarly complex humanitarian settings.

The Aquarius migrant rescue ship carrying passengers from Libya was ordered seized by Italian authorities who said passengers’ discarded clothes could have been contaminated with HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières has been fined €460,000 and 24…

Gazan cancer patients who once travelled frequently to Israel for medical treatment are now waiting months for applications to be approved, if they’re greenlit at allleaving many breast cancer patients with scant options in Gaza’s public hospitals, which…

A new investigative documentary, Blackout in Puerto Rico, goes inside the chaotic US federal response to Hurricane Maria, marked by troubled contracts and a vast disparity in services compared to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which hit the US mainland.

In late 2013, Médecins Sans Frontières successfully deployed a new WHO decision-making framework for assessing emergency humanitarian response. The framework—which prioritizes need in critical situations involving displaced persons—was implemented in South Sudan when…

Aid reaching eastern Ghouta in Syria is “an embarrassment to the world”—enough for just 6% of the city’s population, said Save the Children’s Abdelkarim Ibrahim. The aid worker calls on other nations to take a stand. “Their success would save hundreds of thousands of people…